THE ORIGIN OF FEAR # 15107

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The Bible says: “Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, ‘Where are you?’ So he said, ‘I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.’”Genesis 3: 9-10. This is the origin of fear, which was the fear of God. Why was Adam afraid of God? Because he knew he had challenged His authority and feared retaliation. He was sure that in the future somehow God was going to punish him. Fear always has to do with things that could happen to us in the future. In the present, we face it either right or wrong, but in reference to the future we feel anxiety because we imagine the worst. Some people defend the point that fear is necessary; because it helps us protect ourselves from dangers. But as an example, It is not fear which prevents us from putting our hand in the fire, but the knowing that we are going to get burned, it is not fear but self-preservation. This time, we will talk about the feelings contrary to love which are the basis of fear and it originated as fear towards God; the fear of being separated from God for eternity, which fortunately is not true.

There are only two emotions, love and fear. We saw that fear was originated in the world, when we believed to be separated from God. Therefore, is a human emotion; it doesn’t exist at the Divine level.  We also know that God and love are synonymous, so the emotion of love is the only one that is real because there is no place where God and love are not present.  Any negative feeling we experience such as worry, resentment, anxiety, envy, anger, disappointment, etc., it is based on fear even though it may not appear. All negative emotions are derived from fear. Any negative attitude is, deep inside, a plea for love. It is very difficult when someone hurts us to take it as a supplication for love, but the pain that is pushing the hurtful words or actions come from someone who thinks he has been unfairly treated and deprived of something. And that something is God's love. It is impossible to be deprived of God’s love. It is just his perception based on a sense of guilt.

When you see it from the spiritual plane, there are only two groups of people: those who give love and those who ask for love, and that is all. Seeing it like this, instead of wishing they would pay for what they did to us, we would feel compassion for them because they act like this because they feel deprived of God’s love. Unfortunately the vast majority of people fall into this group. They are being manipulated by the ego who constantly sends them messages such as: "you are in danger; you are being threatened; you need to defend yourself; you are alone; you have no one to help you; God is angry with you." so they are always ready to defend themselves. How can someone with those beliefs want to be good to others? It seems there are many causes for fear, such as to suffer loss, being hurt, failing. However, the worst of all the fears we face is the fear of death. Fear of disappearing, we fear the destruction of our thought system, our identity. There is no death because what God created shares His life. There is no death because an opposite to God does not exist. In this world, there appears to be a state that is life's opposite. You call it death. ACIM L.167.1. Death is only the illusion of an end, but only the physical matter ceases to exist.

The Apostle John said, "There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”1 John 4: 18. The lack of love is fear and is always a future threat. Fear of some kind of punishment that we could receive. Much of the problem is that we don’t dare to analyze what it is that we believe, and why we believe in it. We accept doctrines.  We practice rituals without understanding the reason behind them, just because others do it. Imitating what other is doing it doesn’t do us any good. What is going to bring us the desired results is changing our way of thinking, not our behavior.

Someone taught us that God will punish us for our disobedience, and we don’t question the form of punishment we have been threatened with. If we analyze it, it doesn’t make sense. How can it be possible that God, who gave us eternal life, later will take it away? In God, there is no duality. He does not love and hate, or gives to take away. His help does not come with the form of disaster. If we analyze fear, we would feel at least curious and would want to study the beliefs of those who have peace and love in their lives. How did they get there? What do I need to do to get it? But we move in the midst of such sluggishness, and we justify our behavior by saying, "so what, this is what most people do," but the healing of the soul is personal. The fact that the majority does something doesn’t make it right, but even though we don’t believe that we are right, we are doing nothing to correct it.

“You think you are the home of evil, darkness and sin. You think if anyone could see the truth about you he would be repelled, recoiling from you as if from a poisonous snake.  You think if what is true about you were revealed to you, you would be struck with horror so intense that you would rush to death by your own hand, living on after seeing this being impossible...Why would you not be overjoyed to be assured that all the evil that you think you did was never done, that all your sins are nothing, that you are as pure and holy as you were created, and that light and joy and peace abide in you? The self you made is not the Son of God. Therefore, this self does not exist at all. Your sinlessness is guaranteed by God. Over and over this must be repeated, until it is accepted. It is true. Your sinlessness is guaranteed by God. Nothing can touch it, or change what God created as eternal. The self you made, evil and full of sin, is meaningless. Your sinlessness is guaranteed by God, and light and joy and peace abide in you.” ACIM L93 1,4-6.

God says that according to Him we are innocent and we remain as He created us. And it is us who as being led by the ego perceive a distorted image. Why not put to test God’s unconditional love. He is not asking from us a blind faith. I hope that these words will help us to feel enthusiasm for this search, and we will examine our beliefs. If some of the beliefs are not doing us any good, let’s discard them and adopt beliefs that will help us to get closer to God. The aim is that fear will no longer be part of our lives. Our decisions will be guided by God. The love of God with which He created us, will envelope our lives until we achieve wholeness.

"The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all."  2 Corinthians 13:14

Ruth